Holidays in the Mugello Valley: explore the Tuscan countryside.
10 Jul 2019
Located just a few miles outside the historic Italian treasure of Florence, the Tuscan countryside and Mugello offer a perfect glimpse of Italian lifestyles and culture.
Whether you're looking for Tuscany countryside hotels or exclusive, luxurious accommodation in Florence, you're really spoilt for choice in this popular destination. This article will take a look at what there is to see and do in the region and some top hotel options from Gruppo UNA.
More about Mugello in Tuscany.
Mugello is a beautiful Tuscan destination, featuring small medieval towns, cobbled alleyways and central streets, castles and Gothic towers aplenty. It was the original birthplace of the famous Medici family, prior to their move to Florence, and the launch of the Medici House banking empire. You'll soon discover the region is absolutely steeped in local history and folklore, making it a fascinating part of Tuscany to visit. Indeed, many holidaymakers adore this part of Italy and return year after year for short breaks and longer visits.
Exploring the Mugello countryside by bike is a fantastic way to appreciate all the different landscapes and tiny hamlets of the region. Mountain bikers will also discover lots of challenging tracks and trails in the surrounding hills. Walkers and hikers are also spoilt for choice by the numbers of trails and walk in the locality.
Other sports activities in the area include white water rafting, bird watching, fishing and boating. Families with children and beach lovers will also discover the lake resorts around Bilincino provide all the essentials needed for fun in the sun and on the water.
Some of the popular places to visit in Mugello include the local vineyards and artisan food producers of the Sieve Valley, and shopaholics will appreciate visiting the designer fashion outlets in the area.
No matter where you go in Mugello, you'll discover local foods and gastronomic delights. Mushrooms, truffles, cheeses, chestnuts and a variety of traditional Tuscan cold meats form the basis of many of these rich dishes, so gourmands will truly experience the holiday of a lifetime when visiting the Mugello.
The suburbs of Florence: into the Mugello Valley.
The most northern areas of Metropolitan Florence reach into the Mugello, so it's really easy to travel by car or bike to the area. In terms of distance, the Mugello is about 20 miles away from the centre of Florence.
The historic city of Florence is a fabulous holiday destination in its own right. The city was the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, and tourists will be overwhelmed by its outstanding architecture and stunning artworks. Many of the artistic endeavours and cultural highlights of Florence were funded by the local Medici family, and the city was an economic powerhouse and banking centre from the 14th century to the 17th century.
During the Renaissance period, Italy was acknowledged as the leader in painting, sculpture, poetry and writing, architecture, science and more, with the main hotspots having been Florence, Venice and Turin. Some of the artistic treasures you'll be able to discover in Florence include frescoes from Giotto, paintings by Botticelli and sculptures by Michelangelo.
Florence has far more than art history and beautiful buildings to offer visitors, though. The city is small enough to tour on foot and is full of quirky modern art treasures, craft shops and independent boutiques and retailers. Superb local restaurants, bars and cafes ensure the nightlife is lively at any time of year, and Florence is a renowned centre of gastronomic excellence.
From here, it's also easy to visit some of the other famous nearby Tuscan art destinations, such as Arezzo, Lucca and Siena.
Staying in Tuscany and Florence with Gruppo UNA.
If you are looking to stay in the heart of Tuscany, our UNAHOTELS Palazzo Mannaioni Toscana should serve as the perfect base. Here, you can enjoy luxury modern rooms, a swimming pool, well-kept gardens and a restaurant serving up authentic, locally-sourced food. It's an idyllic retreat in this popular region.
The UNAHOTELS Vittoria Firenze boasts a location which is perfect for experiencing both the city of Florence and the surrounding area. With a renowned restaurant and rooms that offer comfort and style, you can expect to be welcomed with authentic, warm Italian hospitality during your stay.
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